Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb
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Lamb defends care home means test plan

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has defended proposals to block homeowners with more than £23,000 in other assets from deferring costs for care in their old age.

It follows claims from the Labour peer Lord Lipsey that the government has reneged on a promise to prevent elderly people being forced to sell their homes.

Mr Lamb said there would now be a consultation to see whether people's savings and investments should be used to pay for their care.

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